A demolition permit is an official document from a regional government agency which allows someone to demolish a structure and clear the debris from the lot the structure is located on.
People must usually apply for demolition permits when they want to completely raze a structure, or demolish a significant portion of a structure which will be left standing. These permits are usually issued by building or planning departments.
There are several reasons why a demolition permit is usually required:
1. Safety - Buildings should only be torn down by skilled and licensed professionals, ensuring that all necessary safety precautions are taken.
2. Hazardous Materials - Asbestos and fallen debris are major concerns during demolitions.
3. Proper Clean-up - All debris and fallen materials should be cleaned up quickly and efficiently.
People applying for these types of permits must declare the company and procedure that will be used, and they must demonstrate that utilities to the building have been turned off and capped, and that there is a plan in place for handling hazardous materials.
Since demolition usually generates a substantial pile of debris, many people must also apply for an obstruction permit which will allow them to place dumpsters near the site, and to block the sidewalk or street temporarily to keep people safe from falling debris.
Fees for demolition and obstruction permits are usually separate, and it is a good idea to apply for both at the same time.
The demolition company may agree to handle the demolition permit application as part of the services they provide but the property owner remains responsible for confirming that a demolition permit has been obtained before any work can begin.
Demolition permits are also a matter of public record, and property owners may want to be aware that applications can often be contested by people who oppose the demolition for various reasons, ranging from a desire to preserve historic property to concerns from others in the neighborhood.
For more information on this any any other type of permit, contact Your Permit Solution!